Easy pretzel turtle treats will surely satisfy your sweet tooth and salty cravings this yuletide season. These perfect mini-sized delights are always a favorite dessert among both the young and old. Package them in easy gift boxes to give away to neighbors and friends or create these lovely bites as a family Christmas Eve tradition. I’m sure these rich, chocolaty caramel treats will become part of your children’s fondest Christmas memories. Consider leaving these for Santa instead of cookies. Even he will surely be delighted!
Preparation. Prepare one pack of pretzels, one bag of Rolo chocolate candies (there are around 55 pieces per bag) and pecan halves. Pretzel turtles are traditionally made with pecans for the holidays but try also M&Ms. The M&M’s bright pops of color will undoubtedly bring on the yuletide cheer. Instead of pecans, you can also use other nuts like cashews and almonds as toppings.
(Optional) If you’d like to add a peppermint drizzle, set aside a few Rolo chocolate candies and prepare half a cup of milk or cream and some peppermint extract.
- Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
- Toast the pecan and other nuts over the stove or in the microwave.
- Lay all of the pretzels neatly on a baking sheet. Do not overcrowd or overlap pretzels.
- Take off the silver foil from the Rolo chocolates and place one chocolate on each pretzel.
- Pop the pretzels into the oven for 3-5 minutes until the chocolate begins to soften and take on that yummy chocolate sheen.
- Before the chocolate completely melts, take out the pretzels and then top off the delectable dessert with one pecan halve, nut or M&M. Press down on the topping.
- To make the drizzle, take the Rolo chocolates you’ve set aside, and then on a double boiler melt half the chocolate. Add a bit of milk or cream and then stir until the chocolate becomes silky smooth. Melt the remaining chocolate Rolo candies. Once you have achieved the desired consistency, remove the chocolate from the double boiler and add a few drops of peppermint extract. Using a spatula, drizzle the mint-infused chocolate over your pretzel turtles. Try white chocolate or caramel for an added glaze and design. It will look and taste absolutely heavenly!
- After adding the drizzle, you may either serve the turtle pretzels warm or pop it into the fridge overnight to harden.
- Once the guests arrive, serve the pretzel turtles on trays or pack it in ready Christmas boxes. Be prepared as these desserts will disappear within minutes. It’s a good thing that they are a cinch to make and you can bake around 300 in just five minutes. No kidding!
Variation. Instead of chocolate Rolo candies which have caramel fillings, try mini Reese’s pieces which have peanut butter. It will be a delightful surprise for the kids as they pop the desserts into their mouth.
So there you have it! The pretzel turtles’ wonderful interplay of tastes and texture – salt and sweet, chewy and crunchy – will definitely impress your friends and your family, without a doubt, will look for this dessert every holiday.